My Passion – Fast Food Farm

WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?   My passion is teaching our youth as well as adults at times about the importance of agriculture.  This time of the year ends my nine months of fulfilling my passion.  My year starts with the beginning of the spring season and ends with the end of the fall season in teaching about “Where Does Your Food Come From?”                                                        

Fast Food Farm sign

At the Fast Food Farm the youth become physically involved in the growing process of their food.

Through hands-on activities they learn how the weather affects the plants, and what happens to the food when it leaves the farm.   They also learn about food nutrition, food preparation, and food processing.

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In working with the Ag Science students throughout the school year I have seen them grow in leadership and character to become leaders in our community.   At the Fast Food Farm students learn how to respect the land as they discover how to cultivate and prepare the soil for planting.  

 Throughout the nine months over 5000 students are learning about “Where Does Your Food Come From?”  It is so rewarding to see our youth connect to the soil, plants, animals, and the source of their foods.


FFA Leadership Conference

Pool and LoBiondo

This summer I visited Congressman Frank LoBiondo in Washington, D.C.

When I was on Capitol Hill visiting my congressman in mid-July, I saw several blue and gold jackets – these are the easily recognizable jackets of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) member’s nationwide.

From June 4 through July 21, nearly 1,800 FFA student leaders traveled to DC for a week of in-depth leadership training; identifying and developing their personal strengths as leaders of this very large agricultural education based organization.

Students will also study media and communication skills, high impact community service initiatives, and how to implement these plans back in their local school chapters.

Students also learn their purpose (as FFA members), how to value people, how to take action, and the importance of serving others.

While in DC, FFA members will experience our nation’s history, tour some capitol sites, and meet with legislators.

FFA teachers will also attend the conference, learning how to motivate and help develop their student’s leadership potential and how they can help maximize their local FFA chapters community service initiatives.

To end this conference FFA student leaders take part in a “Day of Service” in the DC area. Last year’s students volunteered and combined 9,500 hours of service for the greater Washington area food pantries.


My son David and granddaughter Caitlyn receiving her Keystone degree from the Pennsylvania FFA

The FFA organization has been part of our family for over 60 years. My husband Owen served as New Jersey state president in 1957. Our four children served as chapter officers and John and David were state officers. Owen and all four of our kids received their American FFA Degrees with Linda going to National regional as a winner in Dairy Foods. Our granddaughters in Pennsylvania are also active in chapter and state FFA programs.

We are very proud of the learning experiences that our family has been a part of through the FFA. Thank you also to the hundreds of advisors for all their years of teaching and leadership training to help the next generation of agricultural based students become the leaders of tomorrow!